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About the Course

Women are more worried yet less certain about the facts of climate change. This uncertainty comes at a cost. Women want to make the choices that will protect their future and the future of their loved ones but aren't being given the climate information to do so. Climate coverage in women-friendly media outlets is next to nil. This needs to change!

Talk Climate to Me is a fun, free, unscary, online, team-based climate education experience for women in the GTHA. Through training sessions, outreach materials, and digital tools, we will educate a strong and diverse force of climate leaders who will be armed with the climate awareness and behaviour change tools necessary to speak confidently and inspire change in their homes and communities!

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The course itself is not your typical lecture. The program will include:

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Four highly participatory webinars

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Ongoing live chats

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A website with shareable resources, toolkits, & video explainers

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And much more!

Course Overview

Welcome

Episode 1: Welcome

We set the terms of the course. And explain the very basics of the climate crisis: The planet is warming, it’s caused by humans, and it’s bad...but we can take action! And you are more powerful than you think. Here’s why we’re doing this, and here’s what you can expect to take away from this experience.

Learning Goals:

  • Foundational climate literacy
  • Imagine yourself in a climate-safe future
  • Sense of agency: people like you are taking action
Empathy

Episode 2: Empathy

We’re already seeing climate impacts, and they’re only going to get worse. We go deeper into the science to explain what we need to do, and how vulnerable communities are being the hardest hit. The climate crisis is deeply unfair. What does it mean to fairly make the world ‘climate safe’? We unpack how we, on an individual / household / personal level, can take climate action and make life….better.

Learning Goals:

  • Understanding of climate impacts and inequity
  • Understanding that 1.5 degrees is climate safe, and scale of action required
  • Measure your carbon footprint at www.projectneutral.org
Change

Episode 3: Change

What needs to change here in Canada? We look at where Canada’s emissions come from and how our country is doing to the rest of the world. We explore examples of what needs to transform and get excited about the possibilities of a good life. We look at the barriers that are preventing us from changing as quickly as we need to. We then take a look at what we as individuals can do to push for systems level change by creating ripples through talking and taking action.

Learning Goals:

  • Understanding emissions by sector in Canada
  • A low-carbon future in Canada is both possible and desirable
  • New skills for talking about climate with confidence
Flourish

Episode 4: Flourish

We’re creating a better world. Change means opportunities for growth as a world, as a country, as a community, and as individuals. What have you learned? What will you do with this knowledge? How can you talk about the climate crisis in ways that will resonate with your friends and family? This module is all about exploring your evolution, and your power, to talk about climate...and change the world. We send you off with a graduation ceremony.

Learning Goals:

  • Benefits of taking action and risks of inaction
  • Personal Climate Action Plan tailored to your interests
  • Feeling committed and empowered to act!

Got Questions?

What is TCTM?

Talk Climate to Me is a fun, free, unscary, online, team-based climate education experience for women in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Who is TCTM for?

Talk Climate to Me is for women* who want to learn more about the climate crisis in an accessible, supportive and non-judgy environment.

*Our use of ‘women’ is open and inclusive of trans, non-binary, and gender-not-conforming people and their supporters.

When is TCTM taking place?

Talk Climate to Me is being held five times!

  • October 2021 (on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th)
  • November 2021 (on the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th)
  • January 2022 (dates TBD)
  • February 2022 (dates TBD)
  • March 2022 (dates TBD)

Where is TCTM taking place?

Talk Climate to Me is being held online - yay! No need to leave your home!

How long will it take?

Each program runs for 4 weeks.

Each week includes a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute group discussion for a total of 1 hour of action-packed learning.

How can I participate in the program?

Want to join the TCTM experience? Awesome! You can take the course as either a participant or team lead and you can get our newsletter. Need something specific? Reach out to Anna at anna@talkclimatetome.ca.

What is a Team Lead?

A Team Lead is both a participant of TCTM and someone interested in gathering a group of friends, family, or colleagues to share in the experience.

Are you a social butterfly? A party starter? Someone who just enjoys gathering others for thoughtful discussions? You might just be a Team Lead!

How can I become a Team Lead?

We love Team Leads, so thanks for asking!

Invite five or more of your friends, family, or colleagues to join the experience with you. Together, you’ll get a great understanding of what’s happening, what needs to happen, and how you can talk about climate and take action.

As team lead, your job is to:

  1. Gather your team
  2. Share what you’re learning on your social platforms
  3. Chat with your friends and family about the things you’ve discovered

That’s it! No expertise required. Contact anna@talkclimatetome.ca to get started.

(No team? Connect with us and we’ll match you with a team that needs a leader.)

I can’t attend the first session. Is there still an opportunity to participate?

You’re in luck! While our first session begins October 2021, we will be running sessions in November 2021, January 2022, February 2022, and March 2022.

I can’t attend all the dates for the course. Can I still enroll?

Absolutely! We’ll make sure each week is recorded so if you happen to miss a week, you can catch up.

I live outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, can I still participate?

Definitely! While some of our examples are localized, everyone (like everyone on Earth!) needs to understand climate change so even if you live far, far away you should take the course!

How can I support the TCTM initiative?

We are a new and scrappy climate action initiative, so we need all the support we can get!

Whether it’s lending your expertise, sharing our story, or providing funds to ensure the longevity of this program, it will take a village to give Talk Climate to Me wings.

We need a village of:

  • Community + Workplace Team Leads
  • Academics + Researchers
  • Businesses + Community Partners
  • Media Partners
  • Celebrities + Social Media Influencers
  • Program Sponsors

Still have questions? Contact anna@talkclimatetome.ca for more information.

Who is behind this?

Talk Climate to Me is powered by Project Neutral, a climate education charity, with the support of Energy and Climate Change Canada.

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To care about climate you only have to be a human living on this planet and most of us are that.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Climate Scientist

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